WA’s finest Aboriginal students honoured at 2014 Rob Riley Memorial Prizes

  • Rob Riley Memorial Prizes awarded to students from Rossmoyne and Kiara
  • Winners receive $5,000 towards further education and training

Two of Western Australia’s best Aboriginal students have been named winners of the 2014 Rob Riley Memorial Prizes.

Education and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Peter Collier today announced Kiara College graduate Utariah Clarke as the winner of the Vocational Education and Training (VET) prize.

The Rob Riley Memorial Prize is awarded to the leading Aboriginal Year 12 WACE student and the leading Aboriginal VET student in public schools.

Mr Collier said both students had taken part in the Follow the Dream program through their schools, which had a huge impact on their personal and academic success.

The Minister said Utariah dealt with her dyslexia to represent her school in public speaking, join the school council and become school captain in Year 12.

“Utariah completed Certificates II and III in Business, Certificates I and II in Leadership Development, and an impressive 660 hours of workplace learning,” he said.

“Utariah’s passion for Aboriginal history and creative writing has driven her to complete a bridging course so she can study an arts degree at The University of Western Australia.”

Fact File

  • Rob Riley was an Aboriginal leader who made outstanding contributions in social justice, Aboriginal human rights and reconciliation
  • The Follow the Dream program provides extra academic and individual support to Aboriginal students

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